Choose the correct word: Of the two cats, Isabella is by far the (smarter/smartest). Wayne had to admit that Cheryl’s humus was (tastier/more tasty) than his. The policeman (that/who) gave Merrill and Linda a ticket has been fired. Chrystia was taken (aback/back) by Ivan’s objection to her score keeping. Give the book to (whoever/whomever) wants … More Grammar Quiz
Only one of the following sentences is correct. Can you spot the errors in the others? The general consensus is that Trump has a personality disorder. The reason Canadians aren’t surprised is because they think Americans are crazy anyway. Marco’s elaborate plans were all for not. It could of been him who won, but it … More Which One Is Correct?
Choose the correct word: The patient is feeling (all right/alright). (Anyone/Any one) of those ties will go with the lavender suit. The students were standing (all together/altogether) in a row. The production of Rigoletto was (all together/altogether) brilliant. To succeed as an opera singer, you have to practice (everyday/every day). The (principle/principal) ingredient in cotton … More Right Words, Wrong Words
The sentences we write should have only one possible meaning. Can you spot the ambiguity in the following sentences? Anyone who cooks occasionally creates dishes that make one choke. She taught a course in controlling riots at the University of Alberta. We knew we would make money on the deal before it was closed. Try … More Grammatical Ambiguity
Knowing the difference between active and passive voice is very important for anyone who has to write. The difference is easy to see in these examples: Active voice: Donald told an enormous lie. Passive voice: An enormous lie was told by Donald. Note that in the active voice, the actor (Donald) is the subject of … More Active and Passive Voice
Choose the correct word. Donald is one of those politicians who (worries/worry) about penis size. Marco is the only one of the politicians who (brings/bring) penis size up. Ted, together with his advisers, (has/have) decided not to mention penis size. The number of politicians having penises (is/are) steadily declining. A number of serious policy issues … More Subject/Verb Agreement
Can you spot the errors in the following sentences? The Republican National Committee prefers that anybody but Donald Trump is the nominee. Hillary doesn’t wear eye shadow because it makes her eyes water. Check and see if Rick Perry dropped his glasses in the cat’s box. When Bernie arrived, he received a hardy welcome from … More If Only Grammar Were The Problem
Choose the correct word/phrase Putin couldn’t get (ahold/a hold/hold) of the hit man in time to get the job done. Igor had put his gun away and was (already/all ready) for bed when the phone rang. (Alot/A lot) of Russian journalists don’t have to worry about retirement. Doctor Quack didn’t want to treat hypochondriacs (anymore/any … More One Word or Two?
Spot the adjective errors in the following sentences: Ben Carson’s policy pronouncements are quite unique for their complete lack of content. Trump supporters had a fun time at the cross burning. Sarah Palin’s head appears to be emptier than most heads. So far, Jeb Bush’s attacks on Trump have been less fatal than similar attacks … More Problems with Adjectives
Adverbs are words that modify verbs, which indicate actions or states of being: The clown acted goofily. Canada did wonderfully in the World Cup. The cat scratched me viciously. Adverbs also modify adjectives: a goofily dressed clown, a wonderfully diverse Canada, a viciously behaved cat. Adverbs also modify other adverbs: a really goofily dressed clown, … More Adverbs